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“. . . On the seventh day, God rested from all His works,” states Hebrews 4:4 NIV Bible. As we all know, God is more capable than any human being, yet He rested on the seventh day. God did not need to rest; He chose to rest.
We are humans. Our capabilities are limited; and our minds and bodies need time to recover from the harsh demands of life. This is even more true when we include an exercise routine into our daily lives.
We have fitness goals that require hard and intense workouts. Those workouts exercise our muscles and our minds. Our muscles and brains need time to recover from the hard work. During this recovery time, the muscles are repairing and refueling which gives us the mental energy to continue our fitness program and gives our bodies the energy to adjust. Each week, it is important to take a day off. This day is a day of rest, so low intensity exercise or no exercise is recommended.
According to Women’s Health Magazine article titled Rest Days: Benefits and Why Skipping Could Sabotage Your Fitness Goals, Morgan Fargo shares some negative effects of not taking a day of rest:
What are you planning to do this Sunday as you allow your body a chance to recover and refuel? Please let me know in the comments.